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Physics to engineering

HiI know most people here are prospective/current physics graduates rather than engineering graduates, but I didn't know where else I could ask this.Basically, I have a BSc in physics, and I'm planning to apply for grad programs in mechanical engineering or engineering physics in the US. The question is, should I take the physics GRE? Most engineering grad programs don't actually require GRE subject tests, so I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile to take the physics GRE.Now my situation is a bit different. I graduated from a british university, and I'm afraid admissions committees in the US won't recognize it. What I'm thinking is, the physics GRE will make my university and grades seem more credible to admissions committees. Or would it not make a difference and just be a massive waste of time to study for?

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yllihp wrote:HiI know most people here are prospective/current physics graduates rather than engineering graduates, but I didn't know where else I could ask this.Basically, I have a BSc in physics, and I'm planning to apply for grad programs in mechanical engineering or engineering physics in the US. The question is, should I take the physics GRE? Most engineering grad programs don't actually require GRE subject tests, so I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile to take the physics GRE.Now my situation is a bit different. I graduated from a british university, and I'm afraid admissions committees in the US won't recognize it. What I'm thinking is, the physics GRE will make my university and grades seem more credible to admissions committees. Or would it not make a difference and just be a massive waste of time to study for?

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honestly I don't think any of them look at your physics gre score. because they have bunch of applicants who don't have the score of this test so committees cannot compare you with others. so I guess it would be waste of time to take this test. schools in US receive application from all over the world and I don't think they have any problem to track down UK applicants documentation.

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I am in engineering undergrad, and my physics research advisor suggested that I take the subject test, EVEN IF I only apply to engineering departments. The reason being that there are engineering professors that have come from a physics background since the disiplines overlap quite a bit. If one of these profs is sitting on the applicant committee (whatever theyre called), they will be able to gauge your subject test score. Even more importantly, they appreciate students coming from a physics background as they have. This is just a theory.Even if none of that is accurate, you should STILL take the subject test since you are out of country. Every number that can help prove you have come through a suitable curriculum will improve your chances in US universities. And if you take it and do poorly, Im pretty sure you can tell ETS to only send general test scores and not subject (might want to verify this)

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ryan6 wrote:I am in engineering undergrad, and my physics research advisor suggested that I take the subject test, EVEN IF I only apply to engineering departments. The reason being that there are engineering professors that have come from a physics background since the disiplines overlap quite a bit. If one of these profs is sitting on the applicant committee (whatever theyre called), they will be able to gauge your subject test score. Even more importantly, they appreciate students coming from a physics background as they have. This is just a theory.Even if none of that is accurate, you should STILL take the subject test since you are out of country. Every number that can help prove you have come through a suitable curriculum will improve your chances in US universities. And if you take it and do poorly, Im pretty sure you can tell ETS to only send general test scores and not subject (might want to verify this)

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ryan6 wrote:I am in engineering undergrad, and my physics research advisor suggested that I take the subject test, EVEN IF I only apply to engineering departments. The reason being that there are engineering professors that have come from a physics background since the disiplines overlap quite a bit. If one of these profs is sitting on the applicant committee (whatever theyre called), they will be able to gauge your subject test score. Even more importantly, they appreciate students coming from a physics background as they have. This is just a theory.Even if none of that is accurate, you should STILL take the subject test since you are out of country. Every number that can help prove you have come through a suitable curriculum will improve your chances in US universities. And if you take it and do poorly, Im pretty sure you can tell ETS to only send general test scores and not subject (might want to verify this)

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